The New Panasonic Arc 3 (Series 700): All You Need To Know

Panasonic has been on a roll with new shaver releases for both the Japanese and global markets.

And after updating the flagship Arc 5 and Arc 6 lines, it was time for the entry-level Arc 3 to get some love as well.

The Arc 3 series has been around for many years, with the very first models released all the way back in 2008.

Panasonic ES8103S.
The first Panasonic Arc 3 debuted in 2008.

From then on there have been a few minor visual updates, with the core elements (blades, motor) remaining the same.

The first major update came in 2015 when Panasonic presented the new LT Arc 3 at the International CES.

The Panasonic Arc 3 ES-LT3N.
The 2015 Panasonic Arc 3.

That generation with models like the ES-LT67-A featured a brand new design and a slightly revised outer foil (the blades stayed the same).

Fast forward to the present time and we have a new Arc 3 generation which is also a complete departure from the previous designs.

The new 2022 Panasonic Arc 3 (Lamdash 3) generation.
The new Panasonic Arc 3 generation. Image credits: Panasonic.jp

This new generation of 3-blade shavers was originally released in 2022 in Japan, but they’re available in most regions as of 2024.

Another important change regards the actual name of the shavers.

Panasonic has been gradually dismissing the Arc name from their shaver models, especially on the Japanese domestic market, in favor of Lamdash.

The new shavers are called Lamdash 3 instead of Arc 3.
Image credits: Panasonic.jp

As such, instead of referring to the 3-blade shavers with arched foils as Arc 3, they’re now called the Lamdash 3 on the Japanese market.

In Europe and other parts of the world, this new Arc 3 generation has been rebranded as Series 700.

Fun fact: They did the same with the Arc 5 and Arc 6 families which are sold in Europe as Series 900 and Series 900+, respectively.

I will still be referencing the old Arc 3 name in this article as it has a lot of equity and many users aren’t familiar with the Lamdash 3/Series 700 brands.

With that out of the way, let’s check out the new Panasonic Arc 3/Lamdash 3/Series 700.

Panasonic Arc 3/Lamdash 3 features

1. Design and ergonomics

This is by far the most significant change brought by the new Arc 3 generation and one that sets these models apart from any of the previous iterations.

The design of the new 2022 Arc 3.
Image credits: Panasonic.jp

When I first saw the images on Panasonic Japan, I was very surprised by the new design approach.

Panasonic shavers usually have a very striking, intricate design.

I wouldn’t call it flashy since the color schemes are rather conservative (no high gloss chrome or gold), but there’s definitely a lot going on and I wouldn’t call the design clean.

You can see what I mean in the picture below:

The ES-LL41-K next to the ES-LT3N.
Two older generation Arc 3 models.

However, that’s not the case here anymore.

With the new Arc 3/Series 700, they went for a minimal design.

The new 2022 Arc 3/Lamdash 3 shavers feature a minimalist design.
The new Arc 3/Series 700 shavers feature a minimalist design. Image credits: Panasonic.jp

In fact, it immediately reminded me of the Xiaomi 5-blade shaver I reviewed a while back:

Xiaomi Mijia MSW501 5 blade electric shaver.
The Xiaomi Mijia MSW501 5-blade electric shaver.

I must say that strictly visual, the new Arc 3 is very nice. The new design language says modern, premium, and high-tech.

The matte colors complement the new aesthetics perfectly.

I especially like the less common ones found on electric shavers, like the red or brown models.

ES-LT2P
Image credits: Panasonic.jp

These new colors are just a breath of fresh air in a market oversaturated with aqua and navy blue.

In order to achieve this minimal look, they went with a very simple shape of the shaver’s handle.

Panasonic shavers generally have these deeply sculpted handles with generous rubber inserts with the sole purpose of ensuring good ergonomics and a secure grip.

The ergonomic handle and generous rubber grip on an old Panasonic Arc 4.
The ergonomic handle and large rubber grip on an old Panasonic Arc 4.

Looks always seemed to have a back seat over functionality.

That all changed with this new Panasonic Lamdash 3/Series 700.

I know from previous experience that this type of design, with a cylinder-shaped handle, also comes with a compromise in the ergonomics department.

I’m sure it won’t be anything catastrophic, but likely a step down from the previous designs.

And having recently tested this new Series 700, I can confirm that the handle is indeed a bit of a step back: it’s too thick where your grip would be, the matte finish is slippery and the rubber insert is small and not as grippy as before.

The new Panasonic Series 700.

Also in an effort to maintain the seamless aesthetics, they ditched the LED screen in favor of a rudimentary battery indicator consisting of a single light that turns red when the battery is low.

That’s it.

I’m personally not a fan of this form-over-function approach, but the new Arc 3 is a prime example of that: no ergonomic handle, no battery level indicator, minimal rubber grips, no grippy thumb rest on the front.

But it looks really sleek and the performance is just as good as before.

2. 3-blade shaving system

What hasn’t changed — and I mean at all — is the 3-blade shaving system.

Precisely, we have the exact same inner blades and outer foil that come on the first generation Arc 3 (2008):

  • WES9068 (ES9068) blades
  • WES9087 (ES9087) foil
  • WES9013 (ES9013) (foil + blades set)
The WES9013 foil + blades set was carried over from the old generation.
The WES9013 foil + blades set was carried over from the old generation.

As usual, these can be bought separately or as a set. The set is more conveniently priced most of the time.

So in terms of actual cutting elements, the latest Panasonic Arc 3/Series 700 doesn’t come with any upgrades.

The existing ones that were carried over from the old generation are actually very good provided the hair is reasonably short.

Panasonic electric razors aren’t great with long, flat-lying hairs and should be used more often in order to get the best out of them.

The three cutters move independently just like before, but in practice it won’t be of much help.

The range of motion is a bit limited and it takes a lot of force to move the blades, a lot more than you’ll ever use when shaving.

This is a recurring issue with all Panasonic razors regardless of price point, including the high-end Arc 6.

Braun for example does this right with all their shavers — the cutters stick out more, have a generous range of motion and are a lot more flexible.

The whole shaving head of the new Series 700 can move in 3 different planes: back and forth, left and right, up and down.

The flexible shavig head of the new Panasonic Lamdash 3.
Image credits: Panasonic.jp

It’s the same system as on some of the previous Arc 3 which I personally didn’t like.

It sounds great on paper, but in practice, it’s not nearly as effective or useful.

However, some of the models in the new Series 700 generation will have a less advanced flexing system and some will have a fixed head (more details in the comparison section).

In conclusion, we can safely say that the shaving system of the new Arc 3/Lamdash 3 is exactly the same as before.

3. High-speed linear-drive motor

The motor powering the Arc 3/Lamdash 3 shavers.
Image credits: Panasonic.jp

While I was hoping for an upgrade to the cutting system, the motor fitted to the new Panasonic Arc 3 is certainly up to the task.

Panasonic is in my opinion far ahead of the competition in this regard.

Their so-called linear-drive motors are really fast, powerful and reliable and have been constantly refined throughout the years.

The current generation of these motors (also fitted to the 2015 Arc 3) is really compact which allows the engineers to fit it inside the actual shaving head.

This means more direct and efficient power delivery, with no additional linkage to the cutters.

Panasonic’s 3-blade shavers are fitted with motors of various power and hence the performance can vary tremendously.

But the ones in the Arc 3 family (now Series 700) always got the most powerful, 13 000 CPM (cycles per minute) units.

That’s true for all the model names that start with ES-LT, L standing for linear.

As a side note, Panasonic also has a few 3-blade models fitted with less powerful rotary motors (ES-RT)). You can tell them apart by looking at the model names.

  • ES-LT6P (Linear drive motor, the most powerful)
  • ES-RT4N (Rotary motor, less powerful)

So in terms of raw power, the new Series 700/Arc 3 will definitely be among the best entry-level foil shavers (again, we are talking about the ES-LT models).

4. AI shaving sensor

The new 2022 Arc 3/Lamdash 3 features an AI beard density sensor.
Image credits: Panasonic.jp

Just as before, the power of the motor is controlled by a so-called AI beard density sensor that supposedly analyzes how coarse the hair is and adjusts the power accordingly.

Panasonic says it does that 216 times per second.

I’ve always been skeptical about the usefulness of this technology and I never felt it worked as expected.

It’s more of a feature that looks good in the specs and that’s pretty much it.

The sensor on the new Arc 3 is always on, you cannot disable it like you can on some older Arc 5 shavers (ES-LV65, ES-LV95).

5. Wet/dry and dry-only use

Presentation video of the new Panasonic Lamdash 3.

The vast majority of Panasonic’s globally available shavers are wet/dry models that will only work cordless.

On the Japanese domestic market however there are usually variations sold as washable/dry-only that will also work while charging.

This situation carries with the new Series 700 where we have both wet/dry and dry-only shavers.

So if being able to use a shaver directly from the mains is important, you have the option of buying such a shaver.

In the next section I will provide a comparison table with all the available models so you can see the ones that will work while plugged in.

All the new Panasonic Arc 3/Lamdash 3 models are however waterproof and can be safely cleaned with water.

Only the wet/dry models are officially suitable for wet/dry use, ie shaving with cream/gel or in the shower as a safety precaution.

The rechargeable Li-ion battery will allow the user to get approximately 45 minutes of cordless use on a single charge.

The battery charges from 0 to 100% in about one hour and there’s also a 3-minute quick charge feature.

The included charger is of course fitted with a universal voltage adapter and can take between 100 and 240 volts.

You might need a simple plug adapter to charge it abroad though.

6. Automatic cleaning station

Two of the 2022 Arc 3 models come with automatic cleaning stations.
Image credits: Panasonic.jp

Two variations of the Series 700 come with an automatic cleaning and charging station.

The system uses detergent concentrate that must be mixed with water in the station’s tray.

The station automatically cleans, lubricates, charges and dries the shaver.

In my opinion it’s a nice accessory, but not a must-have.

The Panasonic Arc 3 models that don’t include the station cost less and are also easy to clean manually.

In that regard, these new shavers come with what Panasonic calls foam through head (automatic translation from Japanese).

Precisely, there’s a slot in the shaving head that allows water to pass through and rinse the shaving head, probably without the need to remove the foil frame.

I personally would detach it and give everything a thorough rinse; I’ve seen this on the new Braun Series 5 as well and it’s more of a gimmick.

Panasonic Lamdash 3 model comparison

As of 2024, there are two revisions of the new Panasonic Arc 3/Series 700/Lamdash 3: B and C.

As such, we have the original or revision B models, but also a newer revision C that was launched one year later in 2023.

You can tell them apart by the use of the letter B or C in the model name.

For example:

  • ES-LT4B (revision B)
  • ES-LT4C (revision C).

The ones in the original revision B are readily available, while the C revision is for now only available in Japan.

However, they seem to be exactly the same (motor, blades, specs) except for colors and some accessories.

The comparison tables below sum up the main differences between the different models in both revisions.

Panasonic Lamdash 3 revision B

ModelUseFlexingCleaning stationAccessories
1. Panasonic ES-LT8B (-A blue), 185g
Wet/dry, cordless onlyFull (3 way)Yes1x detergent pack, charger, oil, brush, protective cap
2. Panasonic ES-LT8P (-S silver), 185g
es-lt8p
Dry only, cordless&cordedFull (3 way)Yes2x detergent pack, charger, oil, brush, protective cap
3. Panasonic ES-LT6B (-A blue), 180g
es-lt6b
Wet/dry, cordless onlyFull (3 way)NoCharger, oil, brush, protective cap
4. Panasonic ES-LT6P (-S silver), 180g
es-lt6p
Dry only, cordless&cordedFull (3 way)NoCharger, oil, brush, protective cap
5. Panasonic ES-LT4B (-A blue), 155g
es-lt4b
Wet/dry, cordless onlySimple (1 way)NoCharger, oil, brush, protective cap
6. Panasonic ES-LT4P (-R red), 155g
es-lt4p
Dry only, cordless&cordedSimple (1 way)NoCharger, oil, brush, protective cap
7. Panasonic ES-LT2B (-K black, -W white), 145g
es-lt2b
Wet/dry, cordless onlyFixedNoCharger, oil, brush, protective cap
8. Panasonic ES-LT2P (-T brown), 145g
es-lt2p
Dry only, cordless&cordedFixedNoCharger, oil, brush, protective cap

Panasonic Lamdash 3 revision C

ModelUseFlexingCleaning stationAccessories
1. Panasonic ES-LT8C (-A blue), 185g
Wet/dry, cordless onlyFull (3 way)YesPouch, 1x detergent pack, charger, oil, brush, protective cap
2. Panasonic ES-LT8Q (-S silver), 185g
es-lt8q
Dry only, cordless&cordedFull (3 way)YesPouch, 2x detergent pack, charger, oil, brush, protective cap
3. Panasonic ES-LT6C (-A blue), 180g

es-lt6c
Wet/dry, cordless onlyFull (3 way)NoCharger, oil, brush, protective cap, charging stand
4. Panasonic ES-LT6Q (-S silver), 180g
es-lt6q
Dry only, cordless&cordedFull (3 way)NoCharger, oil, brush, protective cap, charging stand
5. Panasonic ES-LT4C (-K black), 155g
es-lt4c
Wet/dry, cordless onlySimple (1 way)NoCharger, oil, brush, protective cap, charging stand
6. Panasonic ES-LT4Q (-R red), 155g
es-lt4q
Dry only, cordless&cordedSimple (1 way)NoCharger, oil, brush, protective cap, charging stand
7. Panasonic ES-LT2C (-K black, -W white), 145g
es-lt2c
Wet/dry, cordless onlyFixedNoCharger, oil, brush, protective cap
8. Panasonic ES-LT2Q (-T brown), 145g
es-lt2q
Dry only, cordless&cordedFixedNoCharger, oil, brush, protective cap

Performance and important differences

As mentioned earlier, the actual shaving performance is identical throughout the entire series (both revisions), so no differences whatsoever in that regard.

As you can see from the two tables, the shavers in the newer C revision only come with a few extra accessories.

Precisely, a soft velvet-like pouch for the two top models (ES-LT8) and a charging stand for the ES-LT6 and ES-LT4 variations.

These were not included with the B revision models.

The takeaway is that the newer C revision doesn’t bring anything significant to the readily available B models.

As for the models in a revision, there are a few notable differences, the most important being the flexing capabilities of the shaving heads.

There are 3 levels of head flexing with this Arc 3 generation:

  • Full (side to side + front to back + up and down): LT6 and LT8
  • Simple (side to side): LT4
  • Fixed: LT2
ES-LT4B head flexing.
The ES-LT4B with the simple, 1 way (side to side) flexing system.

As such, the models with 8 and 6 in the name appear to be slightly larger and the foil frame is a bit bulkier, at least from the official images.

Arc 3 size comparison.
The ES-LT6P next to the ES-LT2P, respectively. The foil frame of the former appears to flare out more. Image credits: Panasonic.jp

Also, only the models with 8 and 6 in the name (that feature the full 3-way flexing) have a switch that allows you to lock the head in place.

On the ES-LT4 for example the head is always flexible, which may not be ideal when you want to shave a more difficult area (like right at the base of the nose).

All of them use the same foils and blades and motors, so the performance will be the same.

But I do suspect the more compact models (ES-LT4B/ES-LT4C, ES-LT4P/ES-LT4Q, ES-LT2B/ES-LT2C, ES-LT2P/ES-LT2Q) will be easier to use thanks to the slimmer shaving head.

Another interesting observation is related to the weight and size of the 8 models.

At first sight, they all seem identical.

However, there’s a significant weight difference between the models with 8 and 6 in the model name (like ES-LT8B/ES-LT8C and ES-LT6P/ESLT6Q) and the ones with 4 and 2 (like ES-LT4B/ES-LT4C and ES-LT2P/ES-LT2Q).

Precisely, the latter models weigh approximately 30 to 40 grams less.

However, the battery size and motors are the same.

The models that come with more complex flexing heads and a cleaning station will weigh more as those require additional hardware.

In addition to that, there are some other strange differences regarding the accessories.

For example, there are two models in the rev. B that come with a cleaning station: ES-LT8B (wet/dry, cordless only) and ES-LT8P (dry only, cordless&corded use).

However, they only included a single pack of detergent with the former and two with the latter. Why? I honestly don’t know.

Also, only some of the revision C models get a textile travel pouch.

The Panasonic travel pouch.
The Panasonic travel pouch.

Granted, it’s nothing special, but at least you can store the shaver in it until you buy a proper case.

And speaking of which, Panasonic sells one specifically made for the new Arc 3 series.

The part number is ES-2L14, it’s a really nice hard leather case, but rather pricey and will only accommodate the shaver.

ES-2L14
Image credits: Panasonic.jp

In my opinion you’d be better off with an aftermarket hard case that costs less and there’s also room for the charger and oil (you can find several on Amazon.com).

All the Series 700 models come with a small bottle of lubricating oil and it’s definitely welcome. Most other brands don’t bother with that anymore.

While Panasonic didn’t mention this explicitly, the models sold without a cleaning station will probably not work with one.

They lack the contact pins on the back needed to communicate with the station.

Luckily, all models feature a travel lock (activated by pressing and holding the power button).

All the models come with a protective plastic cap, again something that’s not explicitly mentioned in the accessories section on the official product page (thanks to John for the heads-up).

Overall, I’d say it’s business as usual with the new Lamdash 3 with nothing significant in terms of both upgrades or missing features (compared to the previous generations).

The most notable is in my opinion the absence of a proper battery indicator, but that’s hardly a deal-breaker.

How does the new Series 700 compare to the older Arc 3?

I am yet to publish my detailed review, but I can still do a quick evaluation of the performance.

Based on the fact that the most important parts have been carried over from the previous generation — the motor, foil, blades and flexing mechanism — the shaving performance will be extremely similar.

So something like the Panasonic Arc 3 ES-LT67 or ES-LL41-K that you can currently get in most countries will shave just like the new models.

I will update this post with a link to my full review.

UPDATE: The full, detailed Lamdash 3 review is now online.

Availability and price

The Panasonic Arc 3 (Series 700) series was released exclusively in Japan in September 2022 (as Lamdash 3).

These models are now available outside of Japan and most of them are from the B revision.

But as we already know, there are no differences between the two revisions except for a couple of accessories and the color of the ES-LT4B and ES-LT4C (blue and black, respectively).

Panasonic has been releasing many models exclusively on their domestic market, especially in the Arc 5 range.

But for the past few years things appear to have changed and we’ve seen some models making their way into other markets as well.

For example, the 2021 Arc 5 revision G has been officially released in Europe this year under the Series 900 name.

The 6-blade Arc 6 also saw a global release in 2022 after initially being only available in Japan.

And it was the same with the new Arc 3 that is now available in most regions.

However, the USA and Canada only get a single model each, at least for now.

Precisely, we have the Special Edition Star Wars Stormtrooper ES-SWLT2W in the USA and the ES-LT2B-K in Canada.

Both are wet/dry, cordless-only models with a fixed head.

However, other Japan-exclusive models can be bought on sites like Amazon.com.

The price of the new generation seems to be higher compared to the ongoing Arc 3 generation.

In my opinion the bump in price isn’t really justified considering we’re not getting any significant upgrades.

In fact, one could argue that these models are less feature-rich (no battery level indicator, no travel pouch on most models, etc.).

Which leads us to the next question.

Is the new Panasonic Arc 3/Series 700/Lamdash 3 worth it?

At this moment, I’d say probably no.

The current price plus the fact that it’s not yet available in North America make it difficult to recommend over the previous, readily available Arc 3 models.

The Arc 3 is an entry-level foil shaver in Panasonic’s portfolio and you shouldn’t be paying a premium for it.

(Better) alternatives

For the same money, you can easily get a discounted Panasonic Arc 5 (like the ES-LV65 or ES-LV67/ES-ALV6HR) which is hands down a better shaver.

The ES-LV67-K, ES-ALV6HR and ES-LV65-S.
The ES-LV67-K, ES-ALV6HR and ES-LV65-S.

Things can change though in the future, especially if Panasonic will release the new Arc 3 generation to the USA and for a reasonable price.

Speaking of which, the older Arc 3 models are still a viable option and I’m confident you won’t be missing out on anything, except for maybe that sleek minimalist design.

So definitely check them out as well if you’re looking for an affordable but still capable foil shaver.

My picks would be the ES8103, ES-LL41-K/ES-LL21-K or ES-LT67-A (whichever you can get for less money).

You can find even more options in my roundup of the best electric razors in 2024.

As usual, if you have any other questions, make sure to post them in the comments below.

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25 thoughts on “The New Panasonic Arc 3 (Series 700): All You Need To Know”

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  1. Hey there,

    Regarding the new model, I’m happy with my 2015 model Arc 3 and this seems like a purely cosmetic update. Thanks for the detailed update!

    I have a question that’s a bit off-topic. I’ve always wondered what the actual difference between dry and wet/dry models is. I’ve never seen it explicitly explained anywhere. Considering that a dry-only model is also water-resistent enough to be washed under running water, uses the same cutting elements, has the same design, etc., what is it exactly that makes it not suitable for wet shaving. I understand that companies need to cover all bases so that they don’t get sued if someone goes under the shower with a corded device and electrocutes themselves but are there any actual hardware differences? I just find it hard to believe that doing a wet shave with a dry-only device that’s still waterproof would damage the cutters somehow or would provide less satisfactory results than the corresponding wet/dry device. Then again, I could be wrong.

    Thanks for your time!

    Reply
    • Hi Vesselin,

      Thank you for the comment. You are right and you basically answered the question there :-) A wet/dry model that is officially suitable to be used in the shower will not turn on if the cord is connected (as a safety precaution).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  2. Hello, your post is very detail and it’s very useful to me, actually I choosing a gift to my boyfriend, I don’t know why the lamdash have so many model like woman’s lipstick(LOL). Your post save me!!! Thank you!!! English is not my native language, I hope you can reading it.
    Have a good day!

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    • Hi Donna,

      Many thanks for your comment, glad you found the post useful. There are indeed way too many models to choose from. I hope your boyfriend will enjoy shaving with his new Lamdash 3.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  3. Just to let you know l received a Lamdash ES-LT4B model yesterday from Japan, They do come with the sonic cleaning so it’s exactly the same as the old model and also they come with a plastic cover over the cutters thought that might clear up a couple of things for you cheers John

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    • Hi John,

      Thanks so much for the info, I really appreciate it.

      There’s definitely some erroneous data on the Panasonic Japanese site where I got the info from. I haven’t bought a shaver yet, so I based my review on the official info provided by Panasonic. Thanks again for taking the time to share this, I will be updating the post with the new info.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  4. Hi Ovidiu,

    Thank you for such a detailed and informative post. I could not find any other reviews as good as yours.

    I came across this post while I was searching for discounted “Replacement Blade Set” (Outer Foil + Inner Blade) on the web for my Arc 3 and this new Arc 3 / Lamdash 3 pops up.

    I usually would just buy the replacement blade set every year or when the foil is damaged. But here in Australia sometimes when it is on promotion the new shaver would only cost A$75 compared to just the blade set at A$67. Which is why now I have several Arc 3 at home.

    Your post here mentioned this new Lamdash 3 uses the same inner blade and outer foil as the previous Arc 3 (2015). Which is:

    ES9068 (Inner Blades)
    ES9089 (Outer Foil)
    ES9015 (Set: Inner Blades + Outer Foil)

    But according to https://www.panasonic.com/au/consumer/personal-care/shavers/es-lt4b.html, the codes seem different.

    WES9068 (Inner Blades)
    WES9087 (Outer Foil)
    WES9013 (Set: Inner Blades + Outer Foil)

    May I ask if they are the same product?

    Thanks again.

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    • Hi Terry,

      Thanks so much for the comment and for the heads up — the Panasonic AU site is indeed correct, those are the compatible parts and the foil and set are not the same as the ones I had originally posted (the inner blades are the same though). When I wrote the article I must have copied the part numbers from the 2015 LT Arc 3 instead of the older 2008 generation. I have updated the post with the correct models.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  5. Hey,

    I recently noticed one of these shavers on the local version of Panasonic’a website. It’s the ES-LT4B (https://www.panasonic.com/bg/consumer/personal-care/mens-grooming/mens-shaver/es-lt4b.html). It says that the head only moves to the left and right. For this ES-LT2B model (https://www.panasonic.com/mea/en/consumer/beauty-personal-health-care/mens-grooming/shavers/es-lt2b.html#specs) they don’t mention anything about the head being flexible at all. Not sure what the case is for each model, but I think that the lighter ones have the less complicated head designs that either only pivot left to right or are completely fixed while the heavier ones have the extra flexibility of the fancier 2015 models. They’ve just streamlined the aesthetics.

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    • Hi Vesselin,

      Many thanks for the comment. That would be a very interesting (and odd at the same time) move by Panasonic. I haven’t got the chance to use any of these new Arc 3 models, so can’t really say anything for now. But it would make sense and would explain the significant difference in weight.

      That said, having used other Arc 3s with fixed head (like the ES-LL41-K), I don’t think it would matter that much. Left to right flexing isn’t nearly as useful in practice as front to back with decent range of motion.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQFGJbEf1qU

    From what I can make out,

    1. 2X is fixed
    2. 4X is 2X + left/right
    3. 6X is 4X + up/down
    4. 8X is 6X + dock
    5. P can be used while charging, B cannot

    What I’m quite flabbergasted by is that all prior panasonic models are NOT WATERPROOF. This one claims to be, but I can’t find any IP rating.

    I have 3 damaged models from shower use, really felt quite cheated by that wet/dry washable marketing.

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    • Thanks so much for the info — that clearly makes sense. I’ve never water damaged a shaver, but I never really use them regularly in the shower.

      For me the waterproofing of a shaver, regardless of manufacturer, is essentially a greenlight for rinsing the shaver with water. But with constant use in the shower, water ingress can be a problem (even though it shouldn’t).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      • I regret not thinking a bit more before using my arc4 and 2 arc5 daily in the shower. Anyway what’s done is done. I have ordered the ES-LT8P and found out it is rated IPX7. I’m not going to let panasonic off easy if it gets water damaged again.

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      • Before I forget, I want to add, IPX7 rating does not mean it is also rated for the lower numbers, e.g. IPX1,2,3,4,5,6

        IPX7 is Immersion up to 1 meter under water

        IPX3 is spraying water
        IPX4 is splashing water
        IPX5 is water jets
        IPX6 is powerful water jets

        I can safely say that my $5 electric toothbrush (also used daily in the shower) has better shower protection against an arc5.

        Let’s hope this arc3 is protected against shower.

        Great site by the way, very informative. :)

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          • Thanks so much for that. Curious about the up and down range of motion, especially when compared to a Series 9 if you’ve used one. With Panasonic shavers it was usually very limited and not of much use.

            Sincerely,
            Ovidiu

  7. Ovidiu, the ES-LT8P up/down range is only about 10 degrees, similar to arc4 and arc5. But it has 3 axis of movement this time, X, Y and Z. If up/down is rotating around X, the Y axis is much softer than than previous and Z is new.

    I don’t seem to be getting email notifications when there are new comments here, is this by design?

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    • Thank you for the info, I really appreciate it. I was hoping Panasonic finally rectified it, I guess not.

      Normally you should be getting an email whenever someone replies to your comments. But depending on your email provider that notification could end up in the spam or junk folder.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    • Hi Ovidiu

      3. High-speed linear-drive motor
      “But the ones in the Arc 3 family (now Lamdash 3) always got the most powerful, 13 000 CPM (cycles per minute) units.”

      Fast & Powerful
      No matter how thick your beard, the ultra-fast linear motor will provide a clean, long-lasting shave with a steady cutting speed. With advanced mag-lev technology, the shaver uses the world’s strongest magnets to deliver 39,000 cross-cutting actions per minute for achieving a clean shave result.

      https://www.panasonic.com/ca/consumer/health-beauty/mens-grooming/mens-shavers/es-lt2b.html

      Thanks

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      • Hi Adriano,

        Thank you for the comment.

        39 000 cross-cutting actions per minute is actually the same as 13 000 CPM (cycles per minute). The 39 000 is obtained by multiplying the speed of the motor (13 000) by the number of blades (3):
        13 000 X 3 = 39 000

        So 13 000 CPM and 39 000 cross-cutting per minute refer to an Arc 3 motor with the same spec.

        Hope this makes sense.

        Sincerely,
        Ovidiu

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  8. I just got a Lamdash 3 ES-LT2B. $90 from amazon. Haven’t shaved with it yet. The shaver head is completely rigid. It does not move back and forth or side to side like the ARC 3.

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    • Thanks for the comment, Steve

      There are 3 levels of head flexing with this Arc 3 generation: completely fixed (the LT2 models), side to side (LT4) and side to side + front to back + up and down (LT6 and LT8).

      The most complex system is now very similar to the Arc 5 and Arc 6, so I don’t think it’s particularly useful in the way it’s implemented (short range of motion, very wobbly and minimal flexing of the 3 cutting elements). So even if you went with one of the less advanced models, you’re probably not missing out on much.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  9. I’m thinking of starting to use an electric razor now that I’ve retired. A friend has a Panasonic ES ST25 which he has had for about a year and has hardly used. He will sell to me for a nominal fee of $50. Does it give a close shave and is it worth it, thinking I could put the $50 towards a better shaver?

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    • Hi,

      The ST25 is one of the good performing Arc 3 models since it’s fitted with the 13 000 CPM motor. If it really is in mint condition, barely used, I think it’s a fair price. A better shaver would be the Arc 5 (ES-LV65 or ES-LV67), but that would cost two or three times more. If your beard is coarse and you want a very close shave, I think the Arc 5 is a worthy investment. Otherwise the Arc 3 should be good enough, especially when used more often.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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